Choosing the Best Travel Cot

3 min
Out & About
By Baby Village on 25 September 2019
Going on a holiday or spending the weekend with relatives, a travel cot is one of the essential baby items you need to bring. A travel cot today has so many uses. Not only does it ensure a familiar place for your baby to sleep in, it can also serve as a playpen or for taking naps during the day and even when spending some time outdoors. 

Finding the right travel cot can become overwhelming fast. That is why we came up with a list of categories for you to help narrow down your choices from the many travel cots you see available in the market today.  
 

There are several factors that you need to consider when choosing the right travel cot for you and your baby. 

 
First would be the baby’s age suitability. Who will be using the cot? Is it for an infant or a toddler? There are some travel cots that are suitable for newborns up to three years of age. However, there are also cots that are not suited for babies from birth. 

Next is the cot’s weight. A travel cot to be used on holiday vacations and trips need to be lightweight, so it’s a breeze for you to carry around. On the other hand, if you’re the type who loves spending time with relatives and wants their child to bond with their grandparents, then a heavier one would suffice since you’ll probably leave the cot at your parents’ house. It is also advisable to get one that folds compactly so it wouldn’t take up too much space in their home.

Third is the size of the cot. This would depend on your mode of transportation. If you’re travelling by plane, there are some cots that can be folded compactly and can fit in the overhead bins. There are others that do not fold as small as those types, but still does not take up a lot of storage. These are great if you’re travelling by car and they don’t take up a lot of space in the trunk. 


Next factor to consider is how easy is the cot’s assembly. A cot that’s easy to assemble and disassemble is the most ideal when travelling, whether you’re staying in one place or going to different destinations. Especially if you arrive there late at night and your baby is already off to dreamland, you would want to have the cot set up in a snap.

And of course, once that cot is up; you have to consider its stability. You will have to get a cot that can withstand a baby that moves around a lot to avoid late night disasters.

Also, you must check if the mattress comes with it or if you need to buy it separately. If the cot has a mattress, you need to see what the foam is like. Is it too firm? Is it too soft? Is it thick enough?

And lastly is the cost. If you think you’ll be using a travel cot often, then I would advise you get one because the money you spend will be well worth it. While most hotels do have portable cots available, they often charge for it. So, for families who love going on vacations, consider the cost of renting a cot and getting one of your own. 

There is also the added bonus that in bringing your own, you’re assuring yourself that you’re placing your baby in a clean and safe cot. And after a few uses of the cot, your child will become accustomed to it. This will make your baby less fussy, unlike if they were in unfamiliar surroundings, and will allow mums and dads to rest peacefully.


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